Give Now

House Committees Begin Crafting Plans for Senate Bills

The House still needs a quorum to do official business.

STATEHOUSE3

Photo: Joe Hren

The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis

As the Indiana Senate begins hearings on House bills, Speaker Brian Bosma says House committees will begin crafting plans of action for Senate bills.

Though the Speaker acknowledges that no official legislative action – like officially assigning bills or passing amendments – can happen in House committees until House Democrats return, he said hearing from the public on Senate bills in the House will speed the process along later.

“When the Democrats return, we’ll hand – if and when the Democrats return – we’ll hand down a bill list and then those committees can be scheduled just for amendment and vote,” Bosma said.

But the House still needs a quorum to do official business, and Michigan City Representative Scott Pelath said the only way to bring Democrats back is to reopen negotiations. Still, Pelath added that, for now, Democrats are happy the Senate is taking the lead on legislation.

“They have more experienced members over there who weren’t elected on the whim of any one election cycle, and we trust them that they’ll make sober judgments on some of these things,” said Pelath.

Pelath also echoed House Minority Leader Pat Bauer’s call for the House to recess until the Senate has finished working on House bills.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook